5 People You Didn’t Realize Were From Pleasanton

Pleasanton is home to many things. Great people. Beautiful parks. Friendly local businesses. Great restaurants. And much more.

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What you might not realize is that it is also home to some incredibly talented celebrities. Here are five you may not realize are (or were at one time) your neighbor:

John Madden, sports broadcaster

There are few names in sports bigger than John Madden’s. He is a living legend, the Babe Ruth of broadcasting, and a man so recognizable he could be carved onto Mt. Rushmore.

He retired from broadcasting in 2009, but his name is still known to new generations of sports fans thanks to the Madden series of video games, which are some of the most popular in the world.

Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert

Though born in New York, the creator of the hit comic strip Dilbert made his way to California fairly early in his career.

It was here in California that he started working the office jobs that inspired his comic strip, which is about the frustrations of an affable office worker named (you guessed it) Dilbert.

Gabrielle Union, actress

Actress Gabrielle Union is known for roles in movies like Bad Boys II, Cadillac Records, and Top Five, among many others, but here in town we like to think of her as a local girl who made good and became a fantastic talent.

Union was born in Nebraska, but moved to Pleasanton with her family at a young age. 

Paula Creamer, professional golfer

Born in Mountain View and moving to Pleasanton at an early age, Paula Creamer is just 29 but has already made her mark on the world of professional golf.

She was one of the best amateurs ever to play the sport, now she’s a decorated pro. Creamer has been ranked as high as #2 in the world, won the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open, and has won a dozen other tournaments and counting.

David Garibaldi, drummer 

David Garibaldi’s work with the highly influential Tower of Power has helped make him, and the group, legends in the world of music.

Their hits like “So Very Hard to Go” are still beloved today, and Garibaldi himself is a highly decorated musician. Not only are his instructional videos some of the most popular out there, he is also a 2012 Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame Inductee.

Even more impressive? This only scratches the surface. We just didn’t have room to include everybody!

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